North Carolina Legislature Approves Major Renewable Energy Reform Bill

July 6, 2017, by McGuireWoods.

On June 29, the North Carolina House and Senate voted to enact a compromise version of 2017 H589, titled “Competitive Energy Solutions for North Carolina.” This major new energy legislation evolves and, in some respects, significantly expands solar business opportunities in North Carolina.

The bill also establishes an 18-month moratorium (through Dec. 31, 2018) on the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issuing permits for new wind energy projects. The state will use that time to evaluate potential impacts of future wind energy development on North Carolina’s major military installations’ operations, training and readiness missions. 

The bill represents a compromise among many varied stakeholders and now goes to Gov. Roy Cooper to decide whether to sign it into law.